When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
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After a year-long gestation, iOS 6 is upon us. The latest version of Apple's operating system for iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch is smarter than ever, with slicker graphics, better iCloud integration and easier sharing. Here's CNET UK's pick of the 50 best tips, changes and must-have features for iDevice users everywhere. … [Read more...] about 50 iOS 6 tips: Panorama, Apple Maps, reading list and more
Hanoi tightens control over ad banners Inspectors of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will take action to control advertising banners illegally hung over city streets. At a recent press conference, the department's chief inspector, Nguyen Thanh Phong, said the city has banned the hanging of banners across streets since July 15. The move followed a recent case in which banners for a music show entitled "The Hanoian" in front of Hanoi Opera House were cut by someone, causing public concerns. Nguyen My Trang, Director of My Thanh Company which organised the programme, said that it was the action of competitors and that those who cut the banners were trying to damage the image for the programme. According to Mr. Phong, currently such banners are almost non-existent on the electric poles and trees in Hoan Kiem District. For a long time, the front and sides of Hanoi Opera House were covered with banners advertising various art programmes. However, in recent years … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 26/7
Apple's been showing off new features for iOS, the company's mobile platform that runs under the hood of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The latest version is iOS 6 and is expected to arrive on the iPhone 5 with more than 600 new features on board. Read on to learn about the most important changes. Apple has said iOS 6 will work on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, as well as the iPad 2 and new iPad, and the fourth-generation iPod touch. That's a healthy selection of gadgets and it's good to see Apple's not leaving the 3GS behind just yet. Not every new feature will be supported on every device. Scroll down to the, 'Feature compatibility' section at the bottom to see exactly which new treats are arriving on which gadgets. iOS 6 features Without further ado, here's what you have to look forward to in iOS 6. Maps Apple's gone its own way with iOS 6, ditching Google in favour of its own maps service. The maps offer a 3D view of buildings, making it easier to remotely get to … [Read more...] about iOS 6 UK release date, features and more
Obstacles to bad debt settlement Economists are warning the slow progress in banking reform will increase the ratio of bad debts. The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Permanent Vietnam Representative, Sanjay Kalra, recommends stepping up the restructuring of the banking system at any cost. Judging by recent developments related to major banks in the country, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is considered capable of ensuring liquidity as it is prime for stable growth. IMF Representative Sanjay Kalra is concerned about the lack of transparency in banking operations which he believes has led to instability and obstacles to further growth. Despite a credit growth boom, banks are faced with the rising bad debt ratios of State-owned enterprises (SOEs). The banking system is under heavy pressure from weak asset management and inadequate capital reserves, he says. Many economists differ on the validity of bad debt figures only verified by management agencies and the banks themselves … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 23/12